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Miami Museum Garage

Miami, USA

The Museum Garage is located in the Miami Design District, a neighborhood dedicated to innovative art, design and architecture. Featuring the work of five designers, the seven-story mixed-use structure will feature ground-floor retail spaces and capacity for 800 vehicles. For the project, In 2015, Design District developer Craig Robins, commissioned architect and curator Terence Riley to develop the concept for Museum Garage. WORKac, J. Mayer H., Clavel Arquitectos, Nicolas Buffe were selected to create the garage’s facades, along with Riley’s own architectural firm K/R (Keenen/Riley).

Miami Museum Garage ©2018 Miguel Guzman
Miami Museum Garage ©2018 Miguel Guzman

Bringing together these designers from around the world, Riley drew inspiration from the surrealist parlor game, Exquisite Corpse. Cadavre Exquis, as the game is known in French, involved a collection of images assembled by various artists with no regard or knowledge of what the other artists have drawn, producing one image whose components don’t necessarily match but flow together as one playful composition. Under Riley’s direction, each participating architect was eventually assigned an area and depth to build out and given free reign to create fully individual designs. The result is a unique modern, architectural version of the Exquisite Corpse.

Miami Museum Garage ©2018 Miguel Guzman
Miami Museum Garage ©2018 Miguel Guzman

Ant Farm

At the corner of NE 1st Avenue and NE 41st Street in the Design District, the work of the New York firm WORKac meets that of Berlin-based J.MAYER.H. WORKac’s façade – titled Ant Farm – faces 1st Avenue and celebrates social interaction, sustainability, art, music, and the landscape.

Ant Farm ©2018 Miguel Guzman
Ant Farm ©2018 Miguel Guzman

In an ant colony-inspired display of human activity, miniaturized public spaces – a garden, a lending library, art space, and playground – and their connecting circulation spaces appear and disappear behind a perforated metal screen that provides visual contrast, shade, and protection.

XOX

XOX ©2018 Miguel Guzman
XOX ©2018 Miguel Guzman

J.MAYER.H.’S façade – titled XOX (Hugs and Kisses) – appears as gigantic interlocking puzzle pieces that nestle at the corner with the forms of Workac’s façade. XOX then extends westward from the corner along 41st Street.

XOX’s enigmatic forms, emblazoned with striping and bright colors, recall the aerodynamic forms of automotive design and appear to float above the sidewalk below. Smaller volumes, covered in metal screens project outward and are activated with embedded light at night.

Serious Play

The next façade along 41st Street serves as the entrance and exit of the garage. It is the work of Nicolas Buffe – a French-born artist living in Japan – and is constructed with a dark perforated metal backdrop. The façade features a variety of diverse 2D and 3D elements crafted from laser-cut metals and fiber resin plastic.

Serious Play ©2018 Miguel Guzman
Serious Play ©2018 Miguel Guzman

At street level, the façade’s features four 23-foot tall, full 3D caryatids standing astride the garage’s arched entrance and exits. Like the caryatids below, the composition above reflects Buffe’s childhood passion for video games and Japanese animation. The result is the unexpected juxtaposition of anime, tokusatsu, and manga with Buffe’s other passion – Rococo and Baroque architecture.

Urban Jam

In the space between Nicolas Buffe’s facade and that of K/R, Spanish firm Clavel Arquitectos’s Urban Jam draws from the rebirth of urban life in the Miami Design District – where old structures and discarded spaces have been revived by architectural and urban designs.

Urban Jam ©2018 Miguel Guzman
Urban Jam ©2018 Miguel Guzman

Urban Jam suggests a similar “repurposing” of very familiar elements, using 45 gravity-defying car bodies rendered in metallic giold and silver. In effect, the styles of years past gain a second life as lux sculptural objects, caught in a surreal vertical traffic jam.

Barricades

Furthest west on 41st Street, just opposite the Institute of Contemporary Art, is Barricades, designed by New York- and Miami-based K/R. The design is inspired by Miami’s automotive landscape; particularly it’s ubiquitous orange- and white-striped traffic barriers.

In this case, the faux-barriers are turned right side up and form a brightly colored screen. The façade has fifteen “windows” framed in mirror stainless steel, through which concrete planters pop out above the sidewalk.

立面细节 ©2018 Miguel Guzman
Façade detail ©2018 Miguel Guzman

Project drawings

Concept Diagram ©2018 Design team
Concept Diagram ©2018 Design team
Façade plan ©2018 Design team
Façade plan ©2018 Design team
Sideview elevation ©2018 Design team
Sideview elevation ©2018 Design team

Project information

ArchitectsClavel Arquitectos, J. Mayer H, K/R, Nicolas Buffe, WORKac
LocationMiami Design District, Miami, FL, United States
J Mayer H TeamJürgen Mayer H.; Wilko Hoffmann; Marcus Blum; Fabrizio Silvano; Ojive De Lungeta
Clavel Arquitectos TeamManuel Clavel Rojo,Luis Clavel Sainz
K/R TeamTerence Riley; Gustavo Mur; Ethan Royal; Kevin McAlarnen
Project Year2018
PhotographsImagen Subliminal

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